Cricket: White Ferns captain Sophie Devine ruled out of Australia ODI series

  • 03/04/2021

Captain Sophie Devine is leaving the White Ferns squad to return home to Wellington.

The star batsman didn't play the final two Twenty20 internationals against Australia due to fatigue, and the decision has been made to allow her a period of rest.

She will play no part in the upcoming three-match one-day international Rose Bowl series against Australia, which starts on Sunday in Tauranga.

Vice-captain Amy Satterthwaite will continue to lead the team in Devine's absence, whose replacement is yet to be confirmed.

White Ferns coach Bob Carter says the decision was made in the best interest of Devine and her long-term health.

"As I said earlier in the week, this is about prioritizing Sophie’s needs first," says Carter.

“Amy did a fantastic job in the final two T20s and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the role.

“We will meet as a coaching group this afternoon and decide who we bring in as a replacement.”

Meanwhile, Lea Tahuhu has rejoined the squad, after missing the T20 series due to a hamstring injury.

Tahuhu took full part in Saturday's training and will make a timely return to the first XI at Bay Oval.

"I'm feeling really good," says Tahuhu.

"It's been a busy six weeks working with the medical team to work my way back to be ready for selection.

"[My hamstring] has been pretty well tested over the past few weeks getting up to speed, and I'm really confident in how that's gone and confident I'll be able to do the job."

Originally called in as injury cover, Hannah Rowe and spinner Leigh Kasperek will now both stay with the squad for the entire series.